Justice Elena Kagan expects Supreme Court leak update by end of September

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan expects the investigation of a leak regarding the summer’s case that overturned Roe v. Wade will share an update by the end of the month.

Kagan’s comments noted that the court’s justices have not been made aware of the information in the ongoing investigation.

The comments

“During her discussion, Kagan spoke on the public’s views of the court’s legitimacy at a time in which polling suggests that just 48% of the nation has a favorable view of the high court, which is similar to the perception of the high court following the 2015 ruling over Obergefell v. Hodges that legalized same-sex marriage,” the Washington Examiner reported.

“Judges create legitimacy problems for themselves … when they instead stray into places where it looks like they’re an extension of the political process or when they’re imposing their own personal preferences,” Kagan said in the report.

The difficulty

“Kagan also briefly addressed the unprecedented leak of the draft opinion in the abortion case, saying it makes the justices’ jobs much harder ‘when you might wake up tomorrow morning and there’s an opinion on the front page of the newspapers,'” CBS News shared.

“She said she does not know if the investigation Roberts ordered in May has determined the source of the leak,” it added.

Kagan’s view of the political nature of the court appeared to strongly contrast that of Chief Justice John Roberts, who shared his own comments last week.

He noted that disagreement with an opinion is not a basis for questioning the court’s legitimacy.

The challenge regarding the court leaker continues, with surprisingly few answers among the leaders of the nation’s highest court.